Mass in E minor
Bruckner Sacred Motets:
Ecce Sacerdos, Ave Maria, Virga Jesse
Dvorak Serenade for Wind
Saturday 6 June 2015, 7.30pm
Conductor: Richard Cooke
VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral
Bruckner’s immensely powerful Mass in E minor, as well as his motets, reflect the deep religious background to Bruckner’s sacred choral writing, making great, almost Beethovenian, demands of the choir, and combining the rich romantic harmonies of the late nineteenth century with stylistic features harking back to Renaissance composers such as Palestrina. The Mass progresses to a conclusion of utmost beauty, uplifting and inspirational. Written for the reverberant acoustic of the cathedral of Linz in Austria, where for many years Bruckner was organist, its slow-building climaxes of telling splendour equally suit the acoustic of Canterbury Cathedral.
This concert is sponsored by Pharon. We are one of relatively few firms with Chartered Status and probably the highest proportion of individual staff holding Chartered Status in the country.